The High Court on Thursday (February 16, 2023) asked the authorities concerned not to force students to disclose their marital status in admission forms in educational institutions in Bangladesh. The HC bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing a writ petition. Deputy Attorney General Amit Das Gupta represented the state. On November 14, 2017, Advocates Fariha Ferdous and Nahid Sultana filed a writ petition attaching a report published in a national daily headlined “What the girl will do now?”. Also read: SC stays HC order on Boi Mela stall allotment for Adarsha Prokashoni According to the report, on June 6, 2013, a class X girl was raped but the rapists denied the allegation. When the girl became pregnant, she was admitted to the one-stop crisis centre of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital and she lodged a complaint against the rapist, said the report. Police arrested the rapist and a DNA test proved that the rapist was the father of the child. Later, a court ordered sending the girl to residential centre under Rajshahi division ‘Women Assistance Programme’ of the government. Read More: Corruption allegations against ex-Gazipur mayor Jahangir: HC asks to complete probe within 6 months During living at the centre, the girl appeared in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination and during her exam she gave birth to a baby boy on February 19, 2014. Meanwhile, she passed the SSC exam with GPA 4.3 and appeared her Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examination from there. Later, she was sent to her house and also passed the HSC exam with GPA 3.17. On May 30, 2017, a court sentenced the rapist to life imprisonment and asked to bear the expenses of the baby boy. The court also fined him Tk one lakh. Read More: N’ganj 3 children torture: HC grants 4-week anticipatory bail to Gopaldi municipality mayor She was put in the category of married women during the public examinations though she was unmarried. The girl was unable to fill up the admission form of a nursing college due to her marital status as she was not married and had a child. On December 11, 2018, the HC issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the option of marital status in admission process in educational institutions should not be declared unconstitutional. The HC also issued another rule asking the government to explain as to why directives should not be given to formulate a meaningful policy in this regard. Read More: HC orders Kushtia DC to probe ragging of a female student at IU The court also asked to take steps so the girl can get enrolled in a nursing college immediately.
The High Court on Monday issued a rule questioning why sentence of suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mizanur Rahman in a bribery case should not be extended. HC bench of Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Kazi Md Ezarul Haque Akunnd issued the rule during hearing on a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission. Meanwhile, Appellate Division chamber Justice M Enayetur Rahim upheld the bail granted by the High Court to the ex-DIG in the case during hearing on the ACC’s appeal. Senior advocate Khurshid Alam Khan represented the ACC while advocate Mahbub Shafik appeared for the accused. Also read: HC grants bail to former DIG Mizan Advocate Khurshid Alam Khan said, “ Dhaka Special Judge Court sentenced him to three years imprisonment in the bribery case as per the Penal Code but he did not get punishment as per section 5 (2), of the ACC law. According to the ACC law he would get seven years Jail and we have appealed for extending the jail term.” On February 23, Dhaka Special Judge Court-4 Sheikh Nazmul Alam sentenced Mizanur Rahman and suspended ACC director Khandaker Enamul Basir to three and eight years in jail, respectively in the case. Later Mizan and Basir moved to the High Court against the order. On April 13, HC granted two-month bail to Mizan against which ACC appealed to the appellate division. The corruption case dates back to June 24, 2019, when ACC director Manjur Morshed lodged a complaint against the disgraced DIG, his wife Sohelia Anar Ratna, nephew sub-inspector Mahmudul Hasan and younger brother Mahbubur Rahman. According to the case statement, Mizan accumulated wealth worth Tk 3.28 crore beyond his known sources of income. On the other hand, he had declared wealth worth Tk 3.7 crore in his tax statement. Also read: Money laundering: HC to hear ACC’s appeal against ex-DIG Mizan’s acquittal Then director of ACC, Basir, was made the investigating officer in the case. During the probe, Mizan had accused Basir of demanding Tk 40 lakh as bribe for setting the case, prompting the Commission to appoint director Monjur Morshed as the investigating officer in the case. At the same time, a three-member probe body was formed, led by ACC director Sheikh Mohammad Fanafillah, to look into the allegations of bribery. On July 16, 2019, Fanafillah lodged a complaint against both Mizan and Basir. And on April 16, 2020, a Dhaka court indicted the two and directed the official beginning of the trial in the case.
The High Court on Monday fixed Tuesday to hear a rule issued in 2012 on identifying the accused in the murder of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi. Justice Md Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice Ahmed Sohel have decided to hear the writ petition demanding proper investigation and bringing the accused under law in the murder case. Advocate Manzil Murshid appeared for the petitioner before the court on Monday. “The court will hear the petition after it comes up on the cause list of the court tomorrow. We want the investigation to conclude soon so that real culprits are punished,” said Advocate Manzil Murshid. Also read: Sagar-Runi Murder: Govt urged to bring perpetrators to justice After the murder of Sagar and Runi, Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) filed a writ petition in public interest on probe and arrest in the murder case. On February 28, the High Court issued a rule in this regard questioning why a direction will not be given to bring the accused in Sagar-Runi murder case under law through proper investigation. After two months of issuing the rule the High Court transferred the responsibility of investigating the case to Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) from the Detective Branch (DB) of police. Lastly, on March 27, this year, the deadline for submission of the probe report in the case was deferred for the 87th time and Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Debdash Chandra Adhikary fixed April 27 as the new date. Maasranga Television News Editor Sagar Sarowar and his wife ATN Bangla senior reporter Meherun Runi were found dead in their rented apartment in the city’s West Rajabazar area on 11 February 2012. Nousher Ali Roman, brother of Runi, filed a case with Sher-e-Banglanagar Police Station on the following day. Police arrested Tanvir in connection with the murder case on October 1, 2012. Later, he secured bail in 2014. Also read: Sagar-Runi murder: DRU seeks PM's intervention to unravel probe Law enforcers have so far arrested eight people, including Tanvir, in connection with the murder case. The seven other suspects are Rafiqul Islam, Bakul Mia, Abu Syed, Mintu alias Baggira Mintu alias Masum Mintu, Quamrul Hasan alias Arun, security guard Enam Ahmed alias Humayun Kabir and Palash Rudra Pal.
HC Rule: Why shouldn't directions be given to create financial assistance fund for casualties in road crashes?
The High Court on Monday issued a rule questioning why it shouldn't give the direction to create a financial assistance fund under a board of trustees, from which payments towards compensation packages and medical costs of casualties in road crashes could be made. A bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order to implement the section 53 and 54 of Road Transport Act-2018 during a virtual hearing on a writ petition filed in this regard.The secretaries to the Road Transport and Highways; Law, and Finance divisions; senior secretary of the Security Service Division of the Home Ministry, and the chairman of BRTA were made respondents to the rule, and asked to submit within a period of four weeks.Advocate Manoj Kumar Bhowmik presented the petitioner’s side during the hearing while Deputy Attorney general Bipul Bagmar stood for the state. READ: HC bans police sub-inspector from investigating any case On August 17, five lawyers of the Supreme Court including Manoj Kumar sent a legal notice to the defendants to take steps for implementing the RTA in full.Receiving no reply, they filed a writ petition at the High Court challenging the inactivity of the authorities on Sunday. Advocate Manoj Kumar said, according to the act a fund and a trustee board were supposed to be formed to compensate the deceased or rather their families, injured people in road accidents, and their heirs.But in the three years since the passage of the act in parliament, large sections of it clearly lie neglected. That includes the lack of any steps no steps to create such a fund have been taken by the government hence the legal notice and writ petition was submitted, he said. READ: HC questions legality of demoting DU teacher Samia Rahman
The High Court (HC) on Wednesday issued a rule seeking an explanation as to why a policy should not be formulated for the state to provide rehabilitation facilities as well as compensation to rape victims across the country.
The High Court Sunday issued a rule seeking explanation as to why the bail of suspended Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons Bazlur Rashid should not be cancelled.
The High Court on Thursday issued three rules asking the authorities concerned to explain why Pirojpur court order granting bail to former Awami League lawmaker AKMA Awal and his wife Layla Parvin in three separate graft cases, would not be declared illegal.
The High Court on Wednesday issued a rule seeking explanation as to why Unipay2u Bangladesh Limited should not be directed to pay Tk 3.5 crores with interests to its depositors.